February 12, 2005

Was there a man behind the curtain before Lyman Frank Baum? Was Baum's description of power as a form of bombastic manipulation and subterfuge immediately embraced into the lexicon of cultural symbolism or did it take time? Should we ultimately credit the clarity of Baum's thematic intentions, or the barrage of popular culture depictions, for the Wizard of Oz as a symbol of empty authority?

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